Belgium: 9 face terror charges in wake of sweeps

November 24, 2010 22:37

BRUSSELS — Authorities said Wednesday they have charged nine people in Belgium with participation in alleged terrorist activities, involving a potential attack in the country and recruitment for militant organizations fighting in Chechnya, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The arrests have had no impact on the terror alert level in Belgium, which remains at two out of a maximum of four points and also were unrelated to the recent reports of possible terrorist attacks in Germany.Belgian authorities charged seven people from in and around northern Antwerp as part of a network that allegedly planned an attack in Belgium and was involved in recruiting for a Chechen militant organization, the Caucasus Emirate, said Leen Nuyts of the Belgian federal prosecutor's office. Two others in Belgium were charged in a separate probe centering on a network allegedly seeking funds and recruits to join militant groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"They are charged with participation in activities of a terrorist group," Nuyts said, without elaborating.

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